Sam Wilkins, a Whyteleafe village councillor, sent dozens of obscene messages on Twitter and Facebook to the then presenter of Absolute Radio's 11 O'Clock Show Iain Lee, Mr Lee's wife, and the show's producer Eloise Carr.Blimey! Who knew local radio had anyone capable of provoking the loons as well as national radio’s Jeremy Vine?
Wilkins, a former Ofcom employee, also bombarded Mr Lee and Ms Carr with abusive telephone calls before he was barred from the show in December of last year.
He was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court last Friday of two charges of harassment without violence, and released on bail until December 2 for pre-sentence reports.Otherwise known as ‘Where the court desperately tries to come up with a reason to let the criminal off’…
The defence tried a novel attack – claim her client was the victim!
Defence barrister, Joanna Hardy, suggested Mr Lee "goaded" Wilkins – who she described as "vulnerable" – and encouraged him to call the show.Eh..?
Ms Hardy described the show as "vulgar" and said that listeners regularly posted abusive comments.I doubt whether they often ordered condoms, pizzas, sweets and booze to be delivered to the station, though, did they?
Or suggested that someone should throw acid in the presenters face?
Wilkins' position as a councillor will be reviewed by Whyteleafe Village Council after he is sentenced.There’s something to review..?
Surely it’s up to his voters. Unless they are fully aware of his extra-curricular activities, and support them?
In which case, well, that’s local democracy for you!